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FG di­rects NIMC to in­crease enrolment to 2.5m monthly

- By Zakariyya Adaramola Business · Nigeria News · U.S. government · Minister of Communications (Israel)

The Fed­eral Govern­ment has di­rected the Na­tional Iden­tity Man­age­ment Com­mis­sion to in­crease the dig­i­tal iden­tity enrolment of Nigerians from 500,000 monthly to 2.5mil­lion.

The Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Dig­i­tal Econ­omy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pan­tami is­sued the direc­tive af­ter he was briefed by the man­age­ment team of NIMC on their ac­tiv­i­ties, fol­low­ing the fi­nal trans­fer of the su­per­vi­sion of the com­mis­sion to the min­istry, a state­ment from the min­istry said on Wed­nes­day.

Pan­tami noted that though there had been a con­sid­er­able in­crease in en­rol­ments in the last few years, there was still a need to raise the bar even higher by en­sur­ing that the enrolment rate is 5 times the cur­rent rate.

“This is im­per­a­tive be­cause, the Na­tional Iden­tity Num­ber (NIN) will soon be made manda­tory for ac­cess­ing govern­ment ser­vices and in­ter­ven­tions”, the min­is­ter said.

He also di­rected the com­mis­sion to in­ter­face more with cit­i­zens and run aware­ness cam­paigns on all me­dia chan­nels and in Nige­rian lan­guages to en­cour­age cit­i­zens to ob­tain their dig­i­tal iden­tity.

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